Sustainable Christmas Tips

Christmas is a time for festivities, fun and gift giving and that can sometimes lead to being careless with our environment. Nicola has some tipis on how to enjoy Christmas without harm - keeping leftover food for quick meals, using recyclable wrapping paper and cards, and sustainable gifts. If you have more ideas let us know.

What happened at our AGM?

A big thank you to everyone who came to our AGM in October. We heard from some of our members about what they love about their involvement with Transition Cambridge. The appetite for new practical and hands on projects is strong, with suggestions for a new Community Garden north of the river, more repair cafes aimed at the elderly, and news of a project to create a contemplation garden in the city over the coming months.

Collaboration and dialogue with other organisational bodies such as the city council was also a strong theme, around issues that affect us all from the City Deal to moving towards a zero carbon city council. Watch this space for more news...

Join the Energy Group!

One of the largest sources of greenhouse emissions is the way we get out energy. Through actions like reducing energy consumption, purchasing more efficient equipment and installing renewable energy infrastructure, we can move towards a low carbon future.

The energy group is your place to find tips to save energy, get involved in awareness-raising across the area or help set-up renewable energy co-ops. Look out for upcoming events in the newsletter for your chance to get involved.

Make a donation!

As many of you know, we run on a shoe-string budget, and we generally find that we can do a lot with very little money at all.

However, there are some basic costs we have to meet each year, and we'd be very grateful for your donations.

We have set up a local giving account as an easy way to donate, or you can donate via bank transfer or cheque (details here). Donating via Local Giving means that your donation can also have Gift Aid applied. Thank you!

Volunteer vacancies

Are you a budding photographer, journalist or event coordinator? Have a few hours to help out and meet great people like you? We always have opportunities for you to get involved over here on our volunteering page. If you want to get involved, have a volunteer opportunity you want to advertise or have heard about and want to share with the community, simply e-mail us

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Upcoming events

Wednesday 14th December: Transition winter social - all welcome

Six Bells pub, 11 Covent Garden (off Mill Road) CB1 2HS 19:00
Time for winter cheer, time to celebrate the year! The Transition winter social is a time to get together with old friends and meet new ones. We'll be in the back room, with plenty of space for everyone; come along any time from 7pm. Seasonal snacks to share are very welcome! The Six Bells, our usual venue for the winter social, won Community Pub of the Year in 2014. Check their website for more info.

Sunday 18th December: Support our Lush charity pot party

Lush (Lion Yard) 11:00-17:00 add to google calendar
On Sunday 18th December you can buy hand made cosmetics from Lush and support Transition Cambridge at the same time. Lush have invited us to run a 'charity pot' party in their shop. That means they will donate to us all the revenue (minus tax) from selling 'charity pots' of lotion on that day. We will have a small stall as well so that we can chat with customers and hand out leaflets - we have prepared a flyer with tips for a sustainable holiday season. Do drop in and say hello.

Last year Lush raised £4.3 million through their charity pot scheme (Charity Pot raises £4.3 million). We are delighted that they have chosen us to take part this year. Thanks!

Monday 19th December: Cropshare winter social

Haymakers pub, 54 High Street, Chesterton CB4 1NG 19:00
No farm days in December, so Cropshare and friends are getting together in the pub! All welcome. They say 'We'll be the shifty looking types in the corner with the slightly muddy boots.' The Haymakers is a friendly pub which has good food (including vegan pizza) and Milton Brewery beer. More info here
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